SHAMOKIN — Two Coal Township residents were incarcerated Wednesday, Oct. 3 after Shamokin police said a woman purchased heroin for a man while in the presence of her daughter.
Cpl. Jarrod Scandle charged Amber Kehler, 24, of 1712 W. Chestnut St., with a felonies of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy with multiple criminal objectives and a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child in relation to the Oct. 2 incident.
Kehler and her child were in the backseat of a vehicle pulled over by Scandle around 9:44 p.m. near First and Pine streets. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, Scandle reported learning Kehler ingested heroin earlier in the day. A Northumberland County Children and Youth representative met them at the Shamokin Police Department.
Kehler allegedly admitted to purchasing $60 worth of heroin for Bailey Stank, 23, of 1748 W. Chestnut St., who was also in the vehicle during the traffic stop.
Kehler walked to the location of the transaction and returned to the vehicle to give Stank the heroin. She said Stank gave her two of the bags of heroin, which she admitted to having concealed in her body. She voluntarily removed the heroin and it was placed into evidence.
Stank was also interviewed at the station and allegedly admitted to calling Kehler and arranging the heroin transaction. He placed the heroin in a “tin” inside a bag under his seat in the vehicle. Police uncovered the “tin” and removed the heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Scandle charged Stank with felonies of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy with multiple criminal objectives and a misdemeanor of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Stank and Kehler were arraigned before Magisterial Judge Michael Toomey, of Sunbury. Stank is incarcerated at SCI-Coal Township and Kehler is incarcerated in Mifflin County Correction Facility, both in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.